Meth addicts seem to get physically worse faster than people who abuse other substances like heroin or cocaine. In fact, law enforcement has sometimes focused on the ill health of meth addicts as a kind of deterrent: by posting before and after pictures of meth users, people can make quick and graphic associations about the risks of meth addiction. But once you fully understand how meth use causes skin, facial and dental problems, you’ll see how dangerous this drug really is.
Before we offer our explanation of why the text makes users look bad and miserable, check out the page below, courtesy of law enforcement and The Good Drugs Guide on TheGoodDrugsGuide.com, which showcases numerous before and after pictures of meth users.
Most of the criminal photos referenced above were taken at fairly short intervals, showing how quickly meth can cause a person’s skin and teeth to age, injure, deteriorate, and deteriorate. These effects can be attributed to several aspects of meth abuse and addiction:
* When smoking, meth produces toxic chemicals that are then released into the face and hair. While all types of smoke tend to dry out and eventually “cure” the skin, meth smoke is particularly toxic and causes skin to age faster.
*Meth inhibits the circulatory system, reduces blood flow and reduces its capacity to fight the effects of stress, illness and infection.
*Meth users are notorious for skin picking due to the insistent but erroneous feeling that bugs are crawling under their skin. (How Meth Destroys Body PBS Frontline) Skin picking creates wounds that don’t heal properly and can cause life-threatening infections in some users because most meth users have no concerns about personal hygiene.
*The cheeks sink and the face is pulled down with an aged look reminiscent of someone who has had a stroke. This is caused by “meth mouth” (discussed below) and malnutrition – a common problem among meth users.
Meth Mouth is a well-known phenomenon that causes severely damaged teeth and other dental problems. Meth is a corrosive substance and extremely toxic; acids and phosphorus, among other substances, rapidly degrade the protective enamel of the teeth, leading to rapid tooth decay.
Meth also interferes with the normal functioning of the salivary glands. Saliva is essential for protecting teeth and gums and providing a healthy barrier against otherwise harmful types of bacteria. Because meth also restricts blood flow to the mouth, this combined with the impedance of the salivary gland creates an environment in which teeth and tissues in the mouth crumble and die in a shockingly short time.
Many meth users have broken and severely damaged teeth that can be irreparable or costly to repair. As a result, they suffer from self-esteem and other emotional issues as a result of their appearance and unwillingness to smile.
More than any other drug, meth causes psychotic episodes in otherwise normal people. While the exact cause of meth use-related psychoses is not fully understood, it is known that these psychotic episodes can sometimes occur long after a person has successfully recovered from their addiction and stopped using the drug:
“Psychotic symptoms can sometimes persist for months or years after methamphetamine abuse ends, and stress has been shown to precipitate spontaneous recurrence of methamphetamine psychosis in methamphetamine abusers who were previously psychotic.” (National Institute of Drug Abuse on Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction)
Often these psychotic episodes cause both active meth addicts and people in recovery to self-harm, either intentionally, accidentally, or because they have been injured during physical arguments with other people, healthcare professionals, or law enforcement. Some of these injuries are disfigurement and can be permanent, including facial disfigurement.
In general, meth addicts age quickly, behave badly, commit dangerous acts and look like hell while doing it. There is nothing appealing or exciting about it: the path meth addicts take is one full of physical and emotional destruction. Given that serious damage can occur in as little as a few months, be warned that teenagers can transition from their young adulthood to a toothless and tired old man in as little as 8 weeks. All it takes is consistent meth use.
Do not ruin your face, smile, health; If you’re addicted to meth, get help now before it’s too late. The sooner you take action, the less likely any deterioration will be permanent.